Paul Thiebaut III, CEO & Founder
Paul founded 10BH in 2009 because he was passionate about empowering students in his community, a high poverty school district where 96% students are low-income and at least 60% struggle in school. Paul, a high school dropout turned college graduate, had experience as a private tutor and wanted to design a home tutoring program that was accessible to low-income children. It didn’t seem fair – or logical – that children from families with fewer resources should be priced out of a service with many benefits, and one that could be provided at a very low cost. Paul envisioned a volunteer-based home tutoring program that would not only put donated books into the hands of children, but would also offer vital knowledge, skills, and values that had already proven effective for children living in communities where tutoring and books could be afforded. Paul holds a BA in Economics and minor in Business from San Jose State University.
Shirley Garcia, Program Coordinator
Born in Guatemala City, Guatemala, Shirley moved to the United States at a very young age, making East Palo Alto her home. After her kindergarten year, Shirley and her family returned to Guatemala, where she was unable to attend school. At the age of 11, upon returning to East Palo Alto, Shirley began 6th grade at East Palo Alto Charter School. She worked extremely hard to catch up, as Shirley had to learn to read and write in both her native language and English. Shirley now holds a Bachelor’s Degree in Creative Arts and Photography from San Jose State University. She has experience coordinating volunteers, supporting a homework program, and organizing events, as well as supporting an after school homework program at East Palo Alto Charter School. Shirley will put her experience to work supervising and supporting families and Role Models in 10BH’s Child-Parent Home Tutoring Program.
Jonny Volan, Outreach Manager
Born and raised in the East Bay Area, Jonny was exposed to a wide variety of educational activities as a youth. From an early age his parents, teachers, and community organizations help to instill a love of learning that propelled him through school and eventually to the University of California, Davis where he graduated with a Bachelor’s Degree in Sociology. Experiencing firsthand the positive impact that those early programs played on his life and educational outcomes, he became determined to give back. Throughout his high school and college years he was able to stay involved in youth programs through his work as a coach, referee, and camp director. He began his career in the public service sector doing community outreach for a city police department. Jonny will put his outreach, events, and volunteer skills to use by recruiting families, Role Models, and book donors for 10BH’s Child-Parent Home Tutoring program.
Board of Directors
Serge Ostrovski, CFO and Board Member
Serge was born in Latvia and immigrated to the US in his early teens. He spent time growing up in some rough SF neighborhoods, but his parents were very insistent that education was a passport to a life full of options. If you asked his parents, Serge was destined to go to college. In 2007, he graduated with an accounting degree from SFSU and currently is employed as a financial analyst. Serge has volunteered as a board member and CFO since the nonprofit was founded.
Jonathan Thomas, Board Member
Born in the Bay Area, Jonathan grew up in East Palo Alto during some of its worst years. He went to grade school and high school in East Palo Alto before going to Harvard University to obtain his undergraduate degree in English. Since Jonathan was thirteen, he has worked in a multitude of educational settings, working with children between the ages of preschool and high school. Jonathan found out about 10 Books A Home through its founder Paul not long after its creation in July 2009. He has been an active member of the organization ever since, serving as a board member and tutoring three children. Jonathan’s commitment to his community and his passion for education makes him a perfect fit with the mission and goals of 10BH. Currently, Jonathan is employed in the education and health care sectors.
Korey Belanger, Secretary of the Board
Korey Belanger has been volunteering with 10 Books A Home since September 2012 as the Social Media Coordinator. In this role, Korey helps develop and manage social media strategies on Twitter, YouTube, LinkedIn and Instagram (with hopefully more outlets to come!). Korey joined 10BH's board in July 2013 and works with staff to accomplish key tasks and office responsibilities in addition to her role as the secretary of the board. Korey is a graduate of George Mason University with a Bachelor of Arts in Government and International Politics and a minor in Spanish. She grew up as a Navy Brat and most recently moved from the Washington, D.C. area. With her love of books and experience with non-profits, she hopes to help make 10 Books A Home a household name.
Financial Management, Debbie Lundquist
Debbie is a seasoned finance executive with over 25+ years experience in public accounting, technology, travel and retail. Prior to joining Luxe International, Debbie was CFO of a large publicly traded travel conglomerate (she was voted one of travels most powerful women) that was sold to expedia.com where she stayed on as COO of the acquired entity. As Vice President of Finance for the Gap Debbie managed a staff of 250 people and a budget of $250M and won an award for her leadership skills. Debbie started her career in public accounting and holds an inactive California CPA license. Debbie began supporting 10BH as a volunteer Role Model December 2012, and since June 2013 has stepped up her commitment to help 10BH develop a financial accounting system.
Graphic Design and Brand Image Development,Paloma Lucas
Paloma Lucas is an experienced and creative graphic designer, graphic artist, printmaker and visual designer. After migrating from her beloved Spain, she has been living in Mountain View, CA for over 20 years. Paloma is a freelance graphic designer who runs her own design studio, Paloma Lucas Design. Paloma has a penchant for small businesses, non-profit organizations, and chocolate (especial dark). As a professional graphic designer, her projects range from brand identity development to designing and illustrating logos, brochures, posters, and promotional materials. As an artist, she uses both digital and traditional media to give a visual voice to her ideas. Her creativity is fueled by her passion, sense of aesthetics, thrill for challenges, natural intuition, and few cups of coffee per day. Paloma has a Certificate of Achievement in Graphic & Interactive Design from Foothill College, an MBA from the University of Phoenix, and a BS Business Administration from Complutense University of Madrid, Spain.
Marketing and Creative Content, Kate Carey
Kate is and Associate at New Venture Communications, a boutique technology public relations and marketing agency in San Mateo. In her role at New Venture Communications, she collaborates on activities ranging from strategic planning, to drafting and execution for a variety of clients in the high tech industry. Kate grew up in Palo Alto and graduated from the University of Washington with a BA in History. Kate has worked with 10 Books A Home in both administrative roles and as a volunteer Role Model since the beginning of the Living Room Literacy program in the winter of 2012.
Community Development, Allison McQueen
Allison joined the advisory board for 2014, representing Community Development. Allison was introduced to 10BH in 2013, as a part of the Junior League of Palo Alto Community Grants Committee. Allison investigated 10BH’s application, and 10BH was awarded a $5,000 grant. At the grant awards presentation, Allison gave an impassioned speech about 10BH, and she and Paul and stayed in touch. Through her own volunteer work, Allison has seen first hand the power of 1:1 mentoring relationships. Allison’s professional background is in Corporate Retail, having worked for Macy’s, Gap, and now Banana Republic. As a young girl, Allison was quite the bookworm, known to devour a Nancy Drew book in one day! She hopes that all children find joy by getting lost in a book. Allison is married to Jonathan Felder, a teacher at East Palo Alto Phoenix Academy. They are proud parents to future bookworm, Violet, born in 2013.
Community Development, Barbara Millin
Barbara Millin graduated from New York University with a BA in Sociology. After teaching English as a second language in Israel for a year, she was a caseworker in the Department of Welfare in New York City and later in San Francisco. When she moved to the Peninsula, she worked several years in East Palo Alto as a recreation therapist for San Mateo County Department of Mental Health. In 1984 she started her own business teaching cooking and developing programs for single adults. Since selling her business (for 600 million dollars, not) in 2009, she has volunteered for nonprofits which she views as doing important work including 10 Books A Home, Reading Partners, and Rebuild Hope.
Grant Development, Mary Enright
Mary comes to 10 Books A Home with careers in education and law as well as institutional fundraising for non-profit educational, health and social service organizations. She currently serves as a Role Model for 10BH and is also a reading tutor for low income elementary and middle school children at Reading Partners and Building Futures Now. She holds a BA from San Francisco State University, a JD from the University of San Francisco, and studied human rights law at Trinity College, Dublin, Ireland. Not surprisingly, in her free time, Mary likes to read.
Technology and Creative Content, Shaun Giudici
Shaun was born in Boston, MA where he earned a B.S. in Computer Engineering from Northeastern University. After college he moved to the Bay Area and began working as a sysadmin and software tools developer at NetApp, Inc. He also volunteered web design and implementation services for Justice International, a non-profit promoting democracy; together they built a social network for Venezuelans living abroad. Shaun will graduate in 2015 with a Masters of Information Management and Systems at UC Berkeley. He is interested in technology and how people interact with it. Shaun joined 10BH as a Role Model in 2013 and has throughly enjoyed watching his mentees grow. Since joining he has stepped up his involvement to include website redesign, event coordination and ideation to increase the organization's impact and effectiveness.
Website Development, Paul Thiebaut Jr.
Paul Jr. began his volunteer work with 10BH by being a great listener as his son discussed his ideas for founding 10BH. Quickly, Paul Jr. increased his involvement by developing a website for the nonprofit. On October 18, 2009, Paul Jr. launched 10BH’s first website. As of 2013 and 2 website launches later, Paul Jr. is in the process of developing the fourth version of 10BH’s website. Paul Jr.’s devotion to helping 10BH succeed is just one of the qualities that make him a great father – and an iconic web developer.
Pro Bono Service Providers
Intellectual Property, Lisa Greenwald-Swire, Principal, Fish and Richardson
Lisa is an attorney in the Silicon Valley office of Fish & Richardson, a global intellectual property law firm. She and her all-star legal team have supported 10BH since 2012, and are thrilled with the impact that 10BH is making on early childhood education readiness. Ms. Greenwald-Swire's practice emphasizes trademarks and she is a member of the firm’s Trademark and Copyright Group. She has extensive law firm experience that includes U.S. and international trademark counseling and prosecution, advising on branding strategies, trademark and copyright infringement, domain name disputes, and licensing issues. Fish & Richardson has represented 10BH performing search and registration of the following marks:
- 10 BOOKS A HOME
- BOOKHOUSE LOGO